Examination of Conscious (Children’s version)

Examination of Conscious (Children’s version):

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

Jesus taught in parables and with sarcasm from time to time. His purpose was to make the message simple so that all could share and understand.

When we teach our children in Religious Education, we are careful to teach about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We teach about coming into the sacrament with an attitude of reflection. Specifically we talk about the following:

Responsibilities to God.
• Have I prayed every day?
• Have I prayed my morning and night prayers?
• Have I prayed with my parents and family?
• Have I been moody and rebellious about praying and going to church on Sunday?
• Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me whenever I have been tempted to sin?
• Have I asked the Holy Spirit to help me do what is right?

Responsibilities to others
• Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?
• Have I lied or been deceitful to them or to others?
• Have I been arrogant, stubborn or rebellious?
• Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults?
• Have I pouted and been moody?
• Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers and sisters, teachers or my friends?
• Have I hit anyone?
• Have I held grudges or not forgiven others?
• Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?
• Have I used bad language?
• Have I stolen anything? Have I returned it?
• Have I performed my responsibilities: Have I done my homework? Done my household chores? Have I tidied up my rom and my toys when asked?
• Have I been helpful and affectionate toward my family?
• Have I been kind and generous with my friends?

If we expand these simple questions into a more adult context, I wonder how many of us Adults can answer these questions in a manner that they are sure would be pleasing to God? Pleasing to our families? Even to ourselves?

Maybe this week we can try to answer these questions in a manner we would be proud of?

God Bless